Having pledged to cut carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2035, The Home Depot reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10% in 2019, and store power loads were an important part of that. The home improvement retailer lowered its electricity consumption in U.S. stores by 383 million kilowatt hours, tripling its 2018 reduction even as it added three U.S. stores to its portfolio.
The company plans to procure energy from 335 megawatts of renewable and alternative energy projects by 2025. In addition to continuing to leverage on-site fuel cells and offsite wind and solar energy, plans call for nearly doubling the number of stores with on-site solar panels.
The data and goals were reported in the company’s 2020 Responsibility Report. According to the report, the retailer’s U.S. stores used 35% less electricity in 2019 than they did in 2010. Instrumental in that achievement was the installation of LED lighting across U.S. stores. About 60% of its U.S. stores had LED lighting installed by the end of 2019, and the upgrades continue. Overall, U.S. store energy consumption dropped 12% last year.
The Home Deport also plans to eliminate EPS foam and PVC film from its private brand packaging by 2023. It has partnered with suppliers to improve products and packaging, resulting in the elimination of 1.44 million pounds of plastic and the replacement of another 7.73 million pounds of virgin plastic with recycled plastic last year.
For more on the company’s sustainability progress and goals, as well as information on its diversity practices and COVID-19 response, see the 2020 Responsibility Report.